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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #21270 on: October 22, 2009, 12:05:41 AM »
Brick (2005)

Originally I was going to write an actual review about this, but out of laziness I decided not to. All I will say is this, I loved the transplanted dialogue, and pretty much everything about this film. But, any time a film works the word effulgent into a characters mouth I can only respond with a "Whoa, awesome."

Had my hand on this at Blockbuster this evening but got "Doubt" instead. 
One of these days....
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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #21271 on: October 22, 2009, 12:08:30 AM »
CSSCHNEIDER is going on a post-completion binge... lucky devil!

And onto yet another review...

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Chris, the /Filmcast had a great interview with the director on one of their After Hours podcasts about a month ago.  Have you heard that?  Really interesting no-holds-barred comments about the "Business" around getting an edit an release for that film.  
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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #21272 on: October 22, 2009, 12:11:33 AM »

La Jetee (Chris Marker, 1962) (Short)
So beautiful. So, so beautiful. I'd seen this before in class, but it's a totally different experience in a theatre watching a beautiful 35mm print. There is something really interesting going on, and it's totally captivating, although I guess I had a few issues. It becomes a little elliptical at the end in an annoying way, a little like things are being crushed together. But I really enjoyed it, and I think it's so rich.

B+


I watched this today too. I'm surprised at your grade cause it sounds like you liked it as much almost as I do, and I give it an A+. It really is the most beautiful short film I've ever seen.
Yeah, I probably don't express the few problems I have with it well. There's something that's lacking, and it's small, but it stops this being great for me. It's not as engaging as it might be, maybe, or it might be that the story is a bit simplistic (which it's not), but for whatever reason, it just doesn't quite come together. It's great, but it's just missing... something.

I know that's not really enough, but it's hard to pin down whatever doesn't work for me.

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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #21273 on: October 22, 2009, 12:37:27 AM »
Watching Ian McKellen be awesome is the best way to study for an exam ever.
I'll just assume you're watching Extras.
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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #21274 on: October 22, 2009, 12:44:45 AM »
...A Valparaiso (Joris Ivens, 1963) (Short)


Statues Also Die (Alain Resnais & Chris Marker, 1953) (Short)

La Jetee (Chris Marker, 1962) (Short)

Sunday in Peking (Chris Marker, 1956) (Short)

Les Astronauts (Walerian Borowczyk & Chris Marker, 1959) (Short)

Sans Soleil (Chris Marker, 1982)

That looks like a fantastic program.  Glad you liked Sans soleil so much.
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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #21275 on: October 22, 2009, 01:06:03 AM »
Black Dynamite

Yup, that one.  Saw a rough cut with temp music and sound, missing some shots and score, partially ungraded.  Guess what?  Its the funniest film of the year.  Incredibly well made, reminded me a lot of Garth Marenghi's Dark Place.  They completely nail the genre to the wall and then take it ten steps beyond for great laughs.  A must see and one of the best films of the year.

If I could program an evening at a cinema for this I'd screen Black Dynamite followed by Truck Turner and Dolemite.  A perfect evening in my book.

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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #21276 on: October 22, 2009, 01:20:50 AM »
...A Valparaiso (Joris Ivens, 1963) (Short)


Statues Also Die (Alain Resnais & Chris Marker, 1953) (Short)

La Jetee (Chris Marker, 1962) (Short)

Sunday in Peking (Chris Marker, 1956) (Short)

Les Astronauts (Walerian Borowczyk & Chris Marker, 1959) (Short)

Sans Soleil (Chris Marker, 1982)

That looks like a fantastic program.  Glad you liked Sans soleil so much.
Yeah, I haven't made it to Cinematheque in a while, but last night was too good to pass up. There's more Marker in the next two weeks, including Description of a Struggle, which I'm really looking forward to.

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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #21277 on: October 22, 2009, 02:53:47 AM »
The Girlfriend Experience
Dir. Steven Soderbergh

No description of this film really does it justice.  I think that is mainly due to everyone focusing on the main character's job as an escort.  It also doesn't help that Sasha Grey is a high profile adult film star.  The movie itself is more about economics than it the sex trade and her lies its strength.  It is a film about perspective.  Seeing the economic crisis through the mindset of an 'it' girl escort, someone who, like the monetary climate, has seasons.   She's young, fit and beautiful but soon she'll get older and a younger model will replace her.  She needs to act now and act fast.  One of the most beautiful scenes is carried out between her and a client of 2 years.  The client is stroking her hair with such affection and mentioning how important she is in his life when he realizes he's been seeing her for two years.  The first thing that came to my mind was "How much longer can she do this?" and "How old was she when she started?"  I also thought that the shock of the realization might make his affection wain, but it doesn't and the scene ends with him studying her with such admiration in his eyes.  I was really moved by it.

The film is a bit meandering, but well made.  Grey herself has moments of brilliance, but I often found her cold, hard to read and empty.  I hope she continues acting in mainstream material, she's got the ability, she just needs to warm up a bit.  Her beauty is intoxicating, for this reason she is so popular in the realm of Blue Cinema, but would be most appropriate gracing glossy magazines hocking perfume, cosmetics and high fashion.  Even with such elegant beauty Soderbergh finds angles that are not the least bit flattering when he needs to make her more vulnerable. 

A solid outing.

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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #21278 on: October 22, 2009, 04:23:02 AM »
Brief Encounter (David Lean, 1945) -

I watched pretty much most of the second half of this in my British film class. To be honest I didn't really like it. The narration was just plain awful; talk about saying exactly what was going on in the film. I could tell it was a well made film, but it wasn't for me.

Rating: Not interested in going back to see the whole thing.

That's too bad, Corndog, as this is one of my favourite films of all time. I don't know if I can say anything to make you reconsider and go back and watch the whole thing, but I would say that it is absolutely impossible to really get the film if you haven't been there from the beginning. The scenes in the café/bar are a framing device that gain infinitely in weight and meaning if you've watched the whole film, and I would also say that you need to see the protagonists meet and make that connection for the film to work. Hmmmm, maybe one day you will change your mind after all and give it another shot...

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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #21279 on: October 22, 2009, 06:26:44 AM »
Deep Rising:

It's trashy fun - but it does run out of steam by the last act. On top of that, the movie is almost 2 hours long (really pushing it for a mindless action, creature film). The CGI is mind-numbingly bad, even for the 90s. My friends and I watched it together on late night cable, making fun of it the whole way through. It's surreal seeing Djimon Hounsou in such a campy role (his death is probably the funniest bit in the movie).

Couple of observations:
Treat Williams' hair never changes, even when he goes underwater.
Can you really sink a ship and cash in on the insurance?
How did the creature live in the deep sea for all these years (considering it decides to surface and eat 2,000 people IN ONE NIGHT!)?

6/10 (just 'cause it's fun).
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